November 1, 2019

 What's Inside:

- Bailey's Bill

- First Responder Spotlight

- Committee Update

- 2019-2020 Wisconsin Blue Book

- Local Events and Agency Updates

  Remember to turn your clocks back this weekend!

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Bailey's Bill


I am pleased to share with you all that Assembly Bill 258 (AB 258), otherwise known as Bailey's Bill, passed through the Assembly Committee on Health with bi-partisan support on Wednesday. This bill is named after a young man from our very own district named Bailey Miller, who wishes to pursue a career in dentistry. AB 258 would create a scholarship program at the Marquette University School of Dentistry (MUSOD) -Wisconsin’s only dental school - for students who agree to provide dental service in a Wisconsin rural dental health professional shortage area (DHPSA).  This bill was authored by Senator Testin (Stevens Point) and myself, and is co-authored by Rep. Jesse James (Altoona) and Sen. Tom Tiffany (Minocqua). This bill is a priority of the Rural Wisconsin Initiative – a group of legislators committed to bridging the gap between rural and urban areas. For more information on this bill and other bills proposed by the Rural Wisconsin Initiative, please visit www.RuralWisconsinInitiative.com.

Spotlight on Service

Late in August I began asking folks around the 50th Assembly District for nominations for the First Responder of the Year Award. My office was pleasantly surprised by the number of  individuals being nominated. I was blown away by the many selfless individuals who volunteer their time and talents in order to serve our communities. Over the next few weeks, I would like to introduce you to more of the outstanding First Responders we have in our District.

This week meet: Andrew Scott, Fire Chief for the Union Center Volunteer Fire Department. Andrew joined the department shortly after graduating high school in 1987, and has been with the department ever since.  Andrew has also served as an EMT since 2009 with the Wonewoc Ambulance Service, which serves Union Center. He performs both of these duties while also working a full-time job as a machinist/supervisor. 

A excerpt from one of his nomination forms reads: "Andrew is very dedicated, hard working, and dependable. Since he has become fire chief he has ensured that his firemen attend  the necessary classes and training sessions. He puts many hour in answering emails, phone calls, ordering gear, fire equipment and supplies, organizing fundraisers, and filling out reports. When the Baraboo River flooded our village in 2008 and 2018, Andrew worked countless hours without sleep to make sure the village residents, businesses, and firemen were cared for. Andrew has always been the type of person to volunteer without being asked when he sees someone in need."

Andrew's commitment to helping his community as well as taking care of his firefighters is outstanding, and it was my honor to thank such a great first responder for serving our district.


Committee Update

Committee on Rural Development

 The Committee on Rural Development held a public hearing on Wednesday, October 30th on Assembly Bills 428, 435, 437, and 458. This set of bills seeks to make it easier for physicians and nurses to volunteer at summer camps to provide on site medical attention. If you would like to watch the hearing, click this link.

Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs

The Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs held an executive hearing on Tuesday, October 29th on Assembly Bill 75. AB 75 seeks to ensure municipalities cannot prevent the honorary discharge of blanks for the funerals of  former or current policemen, firefighters, or military members. It also seeks to ensure veteran cemeteries can  have honorary discharges of blanks in celebration of Memorial or Veterans Day. If you'd like to read submitted testimony on the bill, click this link.

Committee on Environment

The Committee on Environment held a public hearing on Assembly Bill 347. Assembly Bill 347 seeks to change legislature relating to sand removed from the bottom of Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. If you would like to watch this hearing, click this link.

Committee on Health

The Committee on Health held a public hearing on Assembly Bills 438, 525, 526, and 581 on Tuesday, October 29th. The Committee on Health also held an executive session on Assembly Bills 70, 178, 258, 287, 304, 313, 314, 317, 525, 526 on Wednesday, October 30th. While there were too many bills for me to go over all of them here, there are two bills I would like to highlight besides AB 258, which I discussed above. The two bills are AB 525 and 526, and both of these bills were part of the package of bills released by the Speaker's Task Force on Suicide Prevention, of which I am a member. AB 525, of which I am a cosponsor, seeks to establish a suicide prevention program. AB 526, which I authored along with Senator Bernier (Chippewa Falls), seeks to ensure that medical professionals receive adequate training on suicide prevention. Both of these bills passed through committee, and will soon be available for scheduling for the floor so the whole assembly may vote on them.

 Wisconsin Blue Book - LAST CALL!



The 2019-2020 Wisconsin Blue Book has arrived in our office! We have over 200 copies already reserved and about 100 left, so reserve yours today!

The Blue Book is the most comprehensive source for information about the State of Wisconsin.  This edition also contains an important feature article, “A Hero’s Welcome,” written by LRB analyst Jillian Slaight, which describes the sacrifices of Wisconsin veterans who served their country in combat and the historic and the vital veterans legislation that was introduced after World War 1. 

If you would like to receive a 2019-2020 Wisconsin Blue Book, click on the Blue Book image and fill out the necessary information.

Agency Updates 

Department of Agriculture

  • Hemp licensing applications and registrations are available for the 2020 Wisconsin growing season starting Nov. 1, 2019. The deadline for current licensees to renew their registration is March 1, 2020. New licensees can apply at any time during the year. For more info, click on this link.

Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs

  • The first weekend of November marks the end of daylight saving time. As you change your clocks at home, ReadyWisconsin suggests also conducting safety checks. “As you reset the clocks, take a moment to test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and check the supplies in your emergency kits,” said Dr. Darrell Williams, Wisconsin Emergency Management administrator. “The few minutes it takes to make sure they are working properly and are fully stocked could help save your life.” For tips on emergency preparedness, click on this link.

Department of Tourism

  • As peak Deer Hunting season draws ever closer, the Department of Tourism has teamed up with the DNR to release a media packet. This packet contains useful information such as the 2019 Deer Hunting Forecast, whats new in the 2019 season, and how to find a place to hunt. If you are interested in viewing this packet or other information provided by the DNR on deer hunting, click this link.

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